Lee shot to prominence after winning the BBC series Any Dream Will Do to take the role of Joseph in the West End in 2007.
In June 2007 Lee released ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Close Every Door’. The songs entered the UK Singles Download Charts and peaked at No 2. Lee released his first album Lee Mead in 2007 which went Gold and his second album Nothing Else Matters in 2009.
His first non-Musical Theatre role came in 2010 as Lord Saville in Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime alongside Gary Wilmot and Kate O’Mara. Lee returned to the West End in May 2010 for ten months to take on the role of Fiyero in the hit musical Wicked to critical acclaim. He continued to pursue his solo singing career, taking his own show An Evening with Lee Mead around the UK. He also starred in his own Christmas show at the London Coliseum in December 2010.
Lee continued to tour the UK with his band throughout 2011 and in the same year played Emmett Forrest in the musical Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre in the West End. The end of 2011 saw Lee touring his own sell out show in Japan with the National Polish Orchestra. In 2012 he filmed his first television role in Sky’s supernatural thriller Bedlam alongside Hugo Speer and Theo James.
Lee joined the cast of BBC Casualty as Nurse Ben ‘Lofty’ Chiltern in 2013, a role which was specifically created for him and which has proved a huge success for Lee and for the show nominating him for best newcomer at the National Television Awards.
Lee took a 12-month leave of absence from Casualty to take on the role of Caractacus Potts in a new touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from May-September 2016. He released his fourth album Some Enchanted Evening, which went into the Top 20 in February 2016 and toured with his own show of the same name throughout 2015/2016.
In December 2016 Lee was offered the opportunity to appear in pantomime at the legendary London Palladium. The first panto back at the Theatre in thirty years. He performed in Cinderella as Prince Charming, alongside Julian Clary and Paul O’Grady to great acclaim.
In May 2017, Lee was invited to join the cast of the BBC hit TV show, Holby City, to reprise the role of Ben ‘Lofty’ Chiltern. Lee remained there for three years as a weekly favourite among fans of the show, attracting an audience of 5 million viewers each week.
Since then he has appeared in the hit television comedy Motherland alongside Diane Morgan and Anna Maxwell Martin and can be be seen as the rocker Drew in the CBBC BAFTA award winning The Dumping Ground. In 2019 Lee fulfilled one of his childhood ambitions by performing in front of the entire Royal Family at the Royal Albert Hall Festival of Remembrance Concert alongside James Blunt, Leona Lewis and Rick Astley.
To celebrate turning 40 and the last 20 years of his career, Lee decided to bring his show to the London Palladium in the Summer of 2021 before embarking on a tour of his fifth album around the UK throughout September/October.
Most recently Lee has been seen touring the UK throughout 2022 as Billy Flynn in the hit musical Chicago. A role that Lee has really wanted to play since he first saw the show as a young boy. During his career to date, Lee has duetted with some of the world’s most popular artists, including Josh Groban, Susan Boyle and Donny Osmond to name a few.
Lee is absolutely thrilled to be working for Queen and Ben Elton playing the role of Khashoggi in We Will Rock You with the show back in the West End after twenty one years!
Last updated: 12th April 2023